Tunisian Minister Warns of Women Going to Syria on a ‘Sex Jihad’

The ongoing civil war in Syria is being felt beyond the Syrian borders. In neighboring countries like Iraq, Syrian fighting can be felt most acutely in the strain of hosting thousands of refugees. In Israel, the threat of a broader conflict transcending Syria’s borders looms large. Syrian conflict, however, isn’t… » 9/22/13 1:30pm 9/22/13 1:30pm

Women Are Reporting on Syria. They're Just Not Bragging About It.

Feminist commentator Jill Filipovic was criticized last week for lamenting the lack of female voices in the conversation about Syria. Many women are speaking and writing about Syria, she pointed out in a Guardian article, "yet the media narrative centers the opinions and voices of male commentators. And actual Syrian… » 9/17/13 11:00am 9/17/13 11:00am

So You Married an Evil Despot: An Etiquette Guide for Asma al-Assad

These days, Asma al-Assad — wife of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad — has a lot on her plate. She's got 3 kids to Mom, a whole country to First Lady, an unstable, despotic, maybe-evil chemical weapons-wielding husband to Wife, and, most importantly, luxury goods to consume. Juggling the multiple responsibilities of… » 9/06/13 12:40pm 9/06/13 12:40pm

The Daily Show's Guide to Diplomacy With Russia Might Heal the World

As tension continues to mount between the U.S. and Russia over the issues of Syria, gay rights and Edward Snowden, you have to ask yourself what would happen if an American and a Russian sat down together and talked these issues out with civility and respect. I mean, WHY HASN'T THE GOVERNMENT THOUGHT OF THIS? Oh,… » 9/05/13 1:10pm 9/05/13 1:10pm

Watch Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff Interview President Obama

New and historic tag team Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff interviewed President Barack Obama Wednesday night for Newshour and PBS has very kindly put the whole thing online. It was a big week to get a one-on-one with the President: Obama talked about the situation in Syria (he hasn't made a decision yet) and reflected… » 8/29/13 10:00am 8/29/13 10:00am

Meghan McCain Had to Find Out on Twitter That Her Dad Went to Syria

According to a series of Monday-afternoon reports, Sen. John McCain slipped into Syria with the ninja-like grace of a small reptile, maybe a snake, although not a mean, poisonous snake. Probably a peacemaking garter snake (snakes make for positive images, you guys). He became, announced the Daily Beast, the… » 5/27/13 8:45pm 5/27/13 8:45pm

Hello Kitty Has Improbably Kept a Factory in Syria Open

Cartoon characters can perform lots of physics-defying sight gags. Sometimes, they can even cross over from Toon Town into the real-person world and cause portly private detectives no end of trouble. Or help Michael Jordan save Earth from aliens. Or scoop out large chunks of a child’s brain with all the practiced… » 5/23/13 10:50am 5/23/13 10:50am

Angelina Jolie Travels to Syria to Meet with Refugees Because She Is…

I guess one could pooh-pooh Angelina Jolie's commitment international philanthropy by saying, "Well, she has a million billion dollars—she can AFFORD to fly all over the world collecting babies and speaking warmly with overlooked refugees. I would do that too, except I only have $40." And yeah yeah, big guy, maybe » 12/06/12 8:10pm 12/06/12 8:10pm

Horses & Bayonets & World Peace: The Final Debate's Most Pageant-y…

Like an incredibly high stakes Miss America competition, the last Presidential debate of the 2012 election season has come and gone. And because both candidates are fighting to the death over the tiny sliver of undecided voters (really, what amounts to twelve people who own Puddle of Mudd CD's scratching their butts… » 10/23/12 11:20am 10/23/12 11:20am

Vogue Writer Tries, Fails to Successfully Justify Fawning Asma al-Assad…

Forget the tens of thousands of people who've died since Bashar al-Assad started slaughtering opponents of his regime in March 2011. The real victim of the ongoing Syrian massacre is Joan Juliet Buck, the writer whose Vogue article on Assad's glamorous wife, Asma, cost her "my livelihood and end[ed] the association I… » 7/30/12 2:55pm 7/30/12 2:55pm